Twitch For Dummies Paperback – Illustrated, 21 December 2018
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- Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (21 December 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119540267
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119540267
- Dimensions : 18.8 x 2.03 x 23.11 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 81,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Get the essential gear for taking your stream live
- Discover the tricks for building a fan community
- Go beyond video games and stream any live event
Build a Streaming Community on Twitch
Twitch got its start as a live-streaming platform for gamers, and now it's the most popular live-streaming platform out there. Twitch hosts live entertainment of all kinds: concerts, conferences, podcast recording sessions, and even pro sports. If you're new to streaming, Twitch For Dummies will initiate you, with advice on how to build and optimize your Twitch channel. Podcasting For Dummies author Tee Morris guides you through starting a channel, streaming games or events, interacting with your audience, and overcoming tech glitches.
- Streaming directly from your gaming console or PC
- Creating your Twitch profile
- Successful streaming strategies
- Building a streaming studio
- Interacting with your audience
- Tips for using offline time
- Turning Twitch into a source of income
- Streaming beyond games
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Anyway one of the things we might venture into in the future is for our YouTube channel is gaming videos and this is part of the reason I got this book, to explore that. The first take-away from this book is that if you have a PS4 or XBox One you can basically set streaming up with the click of a few buttons. It really is simple (according to the book, I haven't actually tried yet).
So why haven't I set up a Twitch account yet? Lots of reasons - if you want to stream you have to dedicate time. A good thing about this book is that it points out what is important in life - those you live with (i.e. family). There is a special section about this, and also the book has a section on burnout too with advice about that. Also if I was to set up a Twitch account it would be for my children for their gaming, and they would need to be 13 (with parental support) to do that and they are currently younger than that. And beyond that the book makes it clear that it isn't a quick and easy way to make money so there isn't an immediate incentive there.
However that doesn't mean I won't set up a Twitch channel at some point in the future. We may set one up to do a private stream as it seems an easy way to get video of our gameplay (from XBox One in our case, but also would work for PS4, not so easy to set up for PCs and other consoles according to the book) without the use of a capture card, with the footage then being able to be downloaded and edited for YouTube videos. And also if in the future one of the kids gets super good at a game it would be good to stream them playing that as people like to look at the best playing the games they like, so this would make it easier to build an audience.
Other things to mention about this book include that it could get out of date. As the author himself says "as a writer, I can say without question that tech books are the hardest thing to write as changes can occur overnight. Terms of Service can be amended. UIs can be upgraded or rearranged, as they already have been between writing and editing this chapter. You name it, the book might end up dated on Release Day." Also to note that this book is for beginners to help with "learning what kind of platform Twitch is and what its potential could be" (I am a beginner and I think it fulfilled that purpose). Also this book isn't the Twitch bible and there are other resources available out there, some of them linked from this book.
Another take away from this book is that Twitch is not just for gamers. There are other streams out there too (e.g. artists creating art that the people in the chat help shape the direction of). True "the gaming aspect of Twitch predominates this book without question" and the platform too, but there are non-gaming streams, streamers and opportunities for you.
Of course Twitch isn't the only option for streaming (YouTube Live, Facebook Live...) and this book doesn't really cover the pros and cons of the alternatives, but it does make it clear that it is easy to stream video game footage to Twitch, whereas the other options might be better placed for other types of stream.
Overall then I am happy to have read this book to find out more about Twitch. I am also happy to have this book on hand for if my kids ever want to set up a Twitch channel, and even if that is in a few years from now I don't think the platform will have changed drastically, despite mentioning the potentially for this book to date above, to prevent this book being useful for that.